City government spearheads observance of kidney month PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 June 2011 17:22

The city government through the City Health Office spearheads the observance of Kidney Month this June.
To formally launch the observance, the CHO headed by Dr. Rodel Agbulos will conduct a one-day free urine screening for City Government employees on Monday at City Hall.

The observance is intended to raise awareness on how to address the seriousness of the conditions brought about by Kidney disorders and diseases.
In 2010, 101 people died because of Kidney disorders. Majority of the deaths were due to Chronic Renal failure, Diabetic Kidney Disease (Nephropathy) and Kidney Failure due to other causes.

According to Agbulos, an orientation about Kidney disorders and diseases during the flag ceremony shall precede the mentioned screening.
On top of that, he also gave some tips on how to preserve and protect Kidney functions.

He said it is important to have one’s blood pressure checked regularly. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can speed up the natural course of any underlying kidney disease. The safe blood pressure reading should be 130/80 or less.
In case of diabetic patients, make sure that blood sugar levels are checked and under control.

Agbulos also advised the public to be careful in taking “over-the-counter” medicines especially painkillers. Smoking and prohibited drugs are also damaging to the kidneys and Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) must be treated immediately.

Regular exercises coupled with a healthy and nutritious diet will make one’s kidney well-functioning while managing cholesterol level and maintaining a healthy weight.
“One of the most neglected organs in the body is the Kidneys. However, they play a very vital role in cleaning our blood from harmful waste products and removing excess water and salt in the body. They are like the janitors in our body”, Agbulos explained.

“When the Kidneys are damaged, toxins and other waste products will accumulate in the blood until it becomes poisonous and kills the patient”, the City Health Officer continued. — Richard Aliangan/City Hall PIO